To My FOV Sisters,
This is not a traditional love letter, this year I thought it was important to tell all my favorite gals how much they are loved and why.
I have a large family, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews but they don’t understand the changes in our life. They don’t understand what PTSD/TBI can do to a family or a marriage.
I was never too sure about joining a group of people ‘just like us’ we ONLY deal with PTSD and mTBI, well and a knee injury but really nothing compared to what others deal with. This was after following blogs and Facebook for 6 months.
It wasn’t long before I realized there are MANY families just like ours in the world. I wasn’t alone anymore. Until you realize you are not alone in your struggles – you are miserable, I know, I was.
It was challenging to make friends with people you have never met. Let’s face it sarcasm doesn’t play out well via Facebook. But these ladies got me…they got it, they could read sarcasm. That is like finding your other half.
Then an unthinkable tragedy happened in my immediate family – my youngest sister was killed by a drunk driver. I told my FOV Sisters before I told anyone else. My sister lived in New Mexico, I had no clue how I was going to get there but my Sisters took care of everything. I have no idea which sisters helped and I don’t need to know because in so many ways they all helped in a million ways and still do to this day.
My FOV Sisters are not my blood family but they are my family in a way that only another in our world would understand. I love this family and everything they represent.
Thank you Brannan for creating this family, bringing us together, loving us all, teaching us through your own lessons.
Submitted By: Pam B.
This blog post is part of The Love Letter Campaign... a project started by FamilyOfaVet.com to encourage those who love a hero to write a letter sharing their story (where they started, what they've faced together, and why their love endures). It's not just for spouses, but also for parents, siblings, caregivers, and friends. It's about telling the "rest" of our stories... stories that continue despite PTSD, TBI, and the challenges of life after combat. To share your love letter or find out more about the campaign, visithttp://www.familyofavet.com/love_letters.html.